Polished Piece Guide!
When Wyngro requires a “polished piece”, what we mean is that the image has to be of a somewhat high quality. This can vary from artist to artist, so in order to help explain what we mean, we’ve put together this helpful guide for you!
We like to see members put in effort in all of their work, but we understand the need to be lazy sometimes as well. Just make sure that when trying to complete images for certain needs, you are adhering to the “polished piece” guidelines! Otherwise you may not get accepted and must try again!
What are polished pieces used for in Wyngro?
What is a polished piece?
A polished piece is a "scene" image that was clearly put in effort to the best of your abilities. We will likely look into your gallery to judge your range of skill, and base the effort you put in on that. (So that any artist of any level can pull this off!)
It can be difficult to know what exactly that is. but adhering to as much of the following as possible will help a lot:
Drawing your character's whole body (Or most of it)
Adding in a background
Adding in a foreground
Using a dynamic pose or angle
Additional character & interactions
Using an interesting composition/frame.
Refined, clean lines and colors.
Making a comic / adding a cool animation
To help further, we’ve put together a visual guide to use if you’re still confused!
Polished Piece Requirements & Extras
Below are the requirements that EVERY drawing needs as a baseline to be even considered as a Polished Piece. However, only doing the minimal requirements does NOT guarantee your Polished Piece will be acceptable, so make sure to add as many Extras as you feel your drawing needs to assure that your Polished Piece passes.
As a good RULE OF THUMB: Make sure all required aspects on the left are met, while picking at least 1 extra on the right.
Must have clean linework (Unless using a lineless style)
Must be fully colored
Must have at least one layer of shading
No transparent "floating" characters-- Must have some kind of background.
Important note on SHADING: Make sure your shading is very clear and easy to identify. If it's too soft/gradient/fuzzy/light, it will not be counted! (Use cel-shading if you're unsure)
Several layers of shading and/or highlights.
Detailed background, mid-ground, and/or foreground.
Comic! (Multiple frames)
Drawing the characters entire body
Different styles such as lineless, limited pallets, traditional pieces, etc.
Magic Homework: To guarantee your art passing for all 4 weeks, we highly discourage experimenting with different mediums if you're not fully comfortable about them passing while trying to meet a deadline.
We also discourage traditional art entries if you are unsure, as those are harder to edit!
You’ve drawn a picture, but it’s not considered a “polished piece”! Hmm, let’s take a look and see what we can do.
Say this is for learning independant magic. Oh how cute! Looks like you drew your wyngro and colored it! Nice! But why isn’t this a “polished piece”, exactly?
Transparent image, no background
“Floating” headshot/bust. Incomplete looking.
Very unrefined: lines are not connected or cropped, making it appear sloppy and thrown together.
Only one image. (No comic or story added)
Nothing involved. The character is very static and it’s hard to tell what’s going on with them. They don’t seem involved with any kind of scene.
Now that we’ve discussed all the reasons why not, let’s look at what we can add to get this acceptable!
Ohhh-- much nicer! You cleaned up the lines, connected them more, added some line depth under the chin, and cropped the lines so they’re nice and tapered off! You also drew the body so it’s not floating and feels more like it’s in a scene.
It looks more completed, don’t you think? But it’s far from being considered a “polished piece”, so let’s see what else we could add.
Since the focus is more on the character condensing water with magic, a full body doesn’t seen like a good solution. How about we add a background?
Background / Foreground
Oooo nice background! You’ve added a sky and some clouds! But it seems a bit plain still, doesn’t it? The background certainly seems like it could use a bit more love, but what about the other parts of your scene? A foreground and midground would definitely help show where the character is and what they're doing. Let's take a look at the difference between these elements.
What's the Difference?
The plain in which your character is on top of. The ground or floor they’re standing on. The space that is the closest to them. Perspective can alter this of course, but let’s start small and look at the very basic example above.
The stuff behind your character, or main point of focus in an image. Here’s a very simplistic, gradeschool look at a background: a blue sky with a sun and clouds. Cool. But it still feels sort of flat, doesn’t it?
The foreground are the elements in front of your character that overlap the rest of the scene. See how adding in these background pieces really make the scene come together?
This image is so centered on the character, that there isn’t really any room to add any foreground elements or details about where they are. So we have a couple different options:
Detail what you have
Expand the canvas to allow more details
Detail what you have:
In order to make the image less flat, sometimes adding some layers of shading and highlights can help! It certainly did for this character! Using shading is a great way to make them look more involved in a picture. Learning HOW to shade is a tutorial on its own, so do your best to find tutorials that explain it and give it a try!
A Note on Shading:
We often see members adding a simple overlay as their layer of shading in a piece, or perhaps simply making the lines too soft to define. To help you all out we have this handy visual example for you to refer back to!
Expanding the canvas:
Expanding the canvas can give you so many more options! Like adding in additional elements or even characters!
Additional characters can really give a piece more life then with just one character!
Adding a background/foreground can really help feel like your character is living it its own world!
Or how about both!
Now the scene is looking much more complete! You’ve added several different layers of background here. The trees, then a lake behind it, then some grass, more trees, and rolling hills all on top of that cloudy sky!
Along with some other characters added in, there feels to be more going on, and the viewer can image more of a story/interaction happening here.
If you’re not sure where to take your image, feel free to use our Discord channel as a resource to get more feedback!